I agree with you that the key to economic growth is privatisation and break up of monopolies ( both things Bibi tried to do but met with opposition from the social protestors ). When it comes to taxes it should be based around creating spending rather than scapegoats. Make fruit & vegetables VAT free, raise tax on things like car imports at the same time as we address car taxes we should have a lower tax on things like Hybrid cars ). We should not look to the very rich and start trying to tax them very hight because thats what the middle classes want to see because we should remember they are the ones who can afford to go live abroad take all their savings with them and so we get nothing. We should also not be going after corporation taxes, if we want foreign investment taxes must be reasonable because big companies can expand to any other country if they want and if they don't invest in Israel we wont be helping economic growth. When it comes to defense budget cuts we should remember that about a third of the weapons the IDF buy are made in Israel and the IDF are the main clients for these companies so if they IDF don't buy they won't develop and if they don't develop it costs jobs and it also means less products to export which means less money coming into the country. Lapid certainly should not be trying to get more revenues from the gas because the companies can pull out of Israel, plenty of gas in other parts of the world and if that happens there won't be any gas revenues at all unless we want to invest billions in state funds to bring it all up so then we can keep the revenues. The left are looking at the socialist era as some kind of golden age they want to return to and don't accept the reality of the global economy.
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